capsular release - frozen right shoulder

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Date Joined Mar 2011
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   Posted 3/30/2011 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Have had so many problems!
In dec 2009 i had subacrominal decompression surgery and a bursectomy for impingment in my right shoulder. I developed a frozen shoulder and in march 2010 i had a manipulation under anesthesia (MUA) with arthroscope. This failed to decrease pain or restore movement in my arm and eventually my surgeon decided he would try arthroscopic capsular release with MUA. I had this done two weeks ago. I have been told that what has happened to me is unusual and usually affects 1% of patients with this condition. The nightmare is continuing as my physio has been none existent. I have had only 1 physio session in the two weeks since my surgery. After my MUA last year i had 4 sessions by now. All that happened at this appointment was that the physio got me to raise my arms unassisted (can just about get to 90degrees on my own), gave me a sheet of paper with exercises on it, which she demonstrated and she told me to come back in a week. Not much of a physio session! I am obsesivly doing exercises at home but its not enough. Pain is increasing and i am worried my shoulder is going to refreeze due to a lack of after care. What the hell should i do. The surgeon was reluctant to do this surgery in the first place and gave me no gaurantees that this surgery would work due to the previous MUA not working and will probably tell me theres nothing he can do when i go back and see him in 6 weeks . I feel as if im not being given a chance because of the lack of physio. What do i do?

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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 3/30/2011 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   


          Good morning wilsoa3!

               Welcome to the CP forum!

       Sorry to hear of the frozen shoulder, and I know that the surgery on it can be very painful as well.

   I have a friend here at work that had shoulder surgery, and his froze up too! I will never forget how he tried to free it. We have a 5 ton crane in our shop, so he being a redneck tuffy type wraped a chain around his hand and continued to raise the hoist up until he was hanging in the air! shocked   He was screaming the whole time!

   Well since that didn't work, he had the surgery you mentioned to free it up, and I can tell you that it took over a year after that with lots of PT to get it to where it is today. He will never have full range of motion again, but he is a lot better now.

       I was thinking a newer member posted about having a frozen shoulder and said something about leaving that way for two years or so and then maybe it should free up by then. I have never heard of such a thing!

         All I can suggest, is that you get into PT and stay there until you have a good handle on it, and then stick with it for how ever long it takes. It may very well take more than a year to get the range you can get, but after a while it's more than likley going to be what it is.

       There should be other members along who have some knowledge on this.

   Again Welcome! I'm sure you will enjoy the members here. I do! smilewinkgrin

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